Installed new SSD, won't boot, can't unmount

I got a new SSD from Crucial to replace the HDD that Apple said was dead.

Old HDD would shut off during boot, and said it was full in recovery mode (wa only about half full).

Got the new SSD, erased and setup as GUID partition, installed macOS.

I installed the SSD, and it would hang half way into starting up.

I made an external hard drive a bootable drive and booted from that.

When booting from external drive, I can't run first aid on the internal SSD because it says the disk can't unmount because it's in use.

Tried running "lsof -l +L -R -V | grep /Volumes" in terminal, and nothing showed up.

Is there something else I need to do to set the SSD up right?

I saw one post saying the HD cable could be the cause.

Thoughts?

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You got it. Most likely the hard drive/IR cable. I replace them with the 2012 model. Sometimes I can only put one screw into the retaining holes but that OK.

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable

MacBook Pro 13" Unibody (Mid 2012) Hard Drive Cable Image

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I lost one screw the last time I did a hard drive cable replacement, putting some tape right on the hard drive cable where it goes over the optical drive should do the trick.

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I always use captain tape to secure the cable. I also put pads on either side of the cable to prevent damage from the bottom of the case impacting the cable.

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